v.stevenson - Comment, No Comment [slapmp3_024]
In the fourth installment of the slaptape series, v.stevenson crafts two exquisite extended collage pieces assembled mostly from the contents of a corrupted hard drive. Fragments of his prior work are retrieved by the disk utility in various states of corruption. However, as Stevenson's work often centers on error and the repetition of malfunction, there is no way to tell which sounds are intentional and which are corrupted.
Run time 59:48
These pieces are truly crafted for the cassette and much of the processing seems to mimic the limitations of its intended medium. Think Kevin Drumm or Brent Gutzeit and yes even vintage French tape collagists.
Q: What's a tape?
Lets face it! The cassette is dead. So why, you ask, did we start this run of cassette releases? Well, we just love that 60 db dynamic range and natural tape compression and wouldn't want the "compact cassette" format to go down without a fight. Since the early 80s (when the evil industry stopped trying to push their inferior 8-track format), the cassette has done the yeomans work in laying down the foundation of this substantial underground experimental music community.
And its about damn time we paid it some respect. No more portastudios but at least we can compose sounds with the limitations of a medium in mind. The spectre of two lo-fi sides tames even the most harshly digital artist.
This series is intended to be listened to on cassette. But is being released in mp3 format for distribution here. Hey, who has a cassette deck anyway? Alas...
Planned for the near future are downloads of these files made directly from the cassette masters.
July 19, 2004
UnderGRound GLitCh ClasSic!
Truly one of the great unsung works of glitch/lowercase/microsound whatever... 60 minutes of exquisitely crafted perfectly executed music. Side 1 is based on previously improvised cells while Side 2 is a real glitch work, basing its form entirely on the sounds from files recovered from a broken hard drive.
Yet even absent these intentions, the work is still pure sonics and hints of organicity. I don't know this is one you'll keep coming back to over and over and over again...
July 14, 2004
A perfect album of glitch. 2 long tracks, very nice movements. Never boring, always fresh. Makes me have to go do a #2! Wonderfull!!!